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Safe Housing for Impoverished Families

One of our most urgent missions!

Poor families in developing nations often live in flimsy shacks, cobbled together from mud, branches, rusty sheet metal and scraps of plastic. Water leaks through the roofs and walls, damaging the inhabitants’ few possessions and turning dirt floors into mud. Children struggle to sleep and study for school as the rains pour in, and families have trouble securing themselves against vermin and intruders. Even a simple storm can threaten to collapse these precarious structures, let alone a catastrophic tempest like Cyclone Idai.

With support from our generous donors like you, Cross Catholic Outreach changes lives by elevating the living situations of families in desperate need. Donations to our General Housing Fund build sturdy, new houses or repair dilapidated homes. These donations also equip us to respond quickly when emergency housing situations arise. 

By joining with us, you can help bring stability and security and show the love of Christ to vulnerable families around the world.

Project Highlight:
Thanganyika Village, Malawi

In March of 2019, Cyclone Idai tore through three countries in southeastern Africa – Mozambique, Malawi and Tanzania. The cyclone was one of the largest storms to hit the area, resulting in mass destruction and displacement. In Malawi alone, over 94,000 families were displaced from their homes. They took shelter in neighbors’ homes and local schools – unable to afford to rebuild their house.

Soon after the cyclone hit, Cross Catholic Outreach responded. Our ministry sent aid to help families shore up damaged homes. We committed to building new homes in Thanganyika Village in Malawi, where approximately 335 houses collapsed from the storm.

Our in-country ministry partners got right to work repairing dilapidated houses, constructing new concrete structures and developing sustainable solutions to the housing dilemmas faced in Thanganyika Village. Thanks to the giving of our donors, families who once lived in deplorable, hazardous conditions are now dwelling in peace and renewed dignity.

Roderick at the old house

At a Glance: Cyclone Idai in Malawi

  • Cyclone Idai hit Malawi in early March, displacing more than 94,000 FAMILIES.
  • The storm destroyed 335 HOMES in Thanganyika Village.
  • Displaced families have taken shelter in neighbors’ homes and local schools. They cannot afford to rebuild their houses.

Project Highlight:
Thanganyika Village, Malawi

Restoring Dignity

In March of 2019, Cyclone Idai tore through three countries in southeastern Africa – Mozambique, Malawi and Tanzania. The cyclone was one of the largest storms to hit the area, resulting in mass destruction and displacement. In Malawi alone, over 94,000 families were displaced from their homes. They took shelter in neighbors’ homes and local schools – unable to afford to rebuild their house.

Soon after the cyclone hit, Cross Catholic Outreach responded. Our ministry sent aid to help families shore up damaged homes. We committed to building new homes in Thanganyika Village in Malawi, where approximately 335 houses collapsed from the storm.

Our in-country ministry partners got right to work repairing dilapidated houses, constructing new concrete structures and developing sustainable solutions to the housing dilemmas faced in Thanganyika Village.

Thanks to the giving of our donors, families who once lived in deplorable, hazardous conditions are now dwelling in peace and renewed dignity.

Roderick at the old house

At a glance: Cyclone Idai in Malawi

Cyclone Idai hit Malawi in early March, displacing more than 94,000 families.

The storm destroyed 335 homes in Thanganyika Village.

Displaced families have taken shelter in neighbor’s homes and local schools. They cannot afford to rebuild their houses.

Please Give Generously

to provide safe housing around the world

Please — restore peace to those who are suffering. Help them raise their children in a secure, stable environment and build homes that will keep them safe from future storms!

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Cross Catholic Outreach

Our mission is to mobilize the global Catholic Church to transform the poor and their communities materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ. Your gift empowers us to serve the poorest of the poor by channeling life-changing aid through an international network of dioceses, parishes and Catholic missionaries. This cost-effective approach helps break the cycle of poverty and advance Catholic evangelization.

Donations from this campaign will be used to provide housing for needy families worldwide through June 30, 2020, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.